‘The Pilgrims Were Illegal Aliens’?!? Your Tax Dollars Are Paying to Spread This Malarkey (VIDEO)

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a mandatory ‘sensitivity training’ in the summer of 2011 for its employees. OK, no harm, no foul so far. We do need to be sensitive to one another, and if you’re going to work for the government, and therefore represent the government, there should be some training involved for sensitive issues.

However, this training session had nothing to do with sensitivity, unless by sensitivity, you mean insulting the pilgrims. Video was finally released this week of the so-called “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program, and the footage is ... well, let’s just say it’s disconcerting at best.

The head of the USDA, Tom Vilsack, sent a memo to all department employees describing the training as part of a “new era of civil rights.” It was led by self-proclaimed “citizen of the world” Samuel Betances on USDA premises. In 2011 and 2012, the federal government paid Betances and his firm nearly $200,000 for taking part in the “cultural transformation” program.

So what was this great cultural training for sensitivity all about and what does it have to do with the pilgrims? Betances asked the participants (remember attendance was mandatory for all USDA employees) to chant, “The pilgrims were illegal aliens.”

So that happened. Our government spent $200,000 of taxpayer money to compare people that break the law by entering our country illegally to the brave pioneers that risked everything to come to a new world for religious freedom, democracy, and prosperity.

Look, we can have a real discussion about the big old mess that is our current system of immigration. Fact of the matter is that we do need reform -- big time. But spewing nonsense about how the pilgrims were illegal aliens because they “never gave their passports to the Indians” is ridiculous.

In fact, you could even argue that that phrase itself was culturally insensitive. They were Native Americans, not Indians. Indians come from India. Get your cultures right, USDA.

Do you think this cultural sensitivity training was insensitive?

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DebaLa DebaLa

Haha. Crazy. Yet predictable. Nice to know ego-/ethnocentrism is alive and well in 'America.' Oh, that's an Italian's name during the Spanish exploration here.  smh

mande... manderspanders

I NEVER said there were just a bunch of savage heathens running around.  Of course, individual tribes had a hierarchy and some form of self governance.  But let's not forget that they did go to war with each other as well. But there was not an established government to rule the land; there was no rule or law that made them cohabitate here and share the territory.   Yea, perhaps you could use a history lesson on colonialism.

Also, native American's are said to be descendents of people who crossed the Bering Strait from what is now Russia.  O_O  I guess they are illegal too!

DebaLa DebaLa

^^ Courtastic (and others)... Yeah, their historical map begins and ends with the plymouth landing. Nevermind those thousands of years of self-ruling societies among multiple nations.

tuffy... tuffymama

Illegal means against the law. There was no law barring them from entering this continent and inhabiting the land. Period. Truth is a mofo.

mande... manderspanders



Debla, I never inferred that, either!  You either accept that all throughout human history, there has been an ebb and flow of population and governments, for various reasons, and here we are.  Or you don't and you try to rewrite history to conform to your views, which is clearly what the extreme-liberal agenda is about.  Perhaps you should be grateful to live in the world now, where we have laws and governments to protect us; where we have the daily comforts of which we have become accustomed instead of trying to defend the "training" in this article, when it is at best, asinine. At worst, it is an attempted rewrite of history and spreading propaganda, and for what purpose?  Your guess is as good as mine, but it isn't benign.  All signs point to a breakdown in the life and government as it has existed for the past 236 years.

nonmember avatar passer by

As long as racially unconscious whites continue to accept and allow leftist media and minority carnival barkers to demonize them it will continue...if it weren't for the WHITE MAN 90% of everything this guy (or anyone else)uses on a daily basis would NOT exist.Go figure.Manifest destiny baby !!

tinyk... tinykitty

Crap in a hat manderspanders. What hole did you crawl out of. I'm well aquainted with the history of colonialism and westward expansion, thank you. There may have been no European style of government, but I'm pretty sure the Five Nations of the Iroquois liked the way things were running.

Yes horrible things have happened in the course of history. Does that mean we can excuse it, and refuse to acknowledge parallels? No.

nonmember avatar Mom323

The pilgrims were not innocent people but the difference is pilgrims were coming to an uncorporated land with no laws or regulation in place. Now illegal immigrants are crossing over ilegally by the hundreds, usually through mexico's borders. Im sorry but most are not looking for freedom or democracy their looking to have their anchor babies and collect a welfare check. They take from a system they will never pay back into. I live in southern california, it is rampant. I will be moving soon because almost everyone speaks only spanish and expects me to know fluent spanish. I deserve to work anywhere in the u.s.a. and not be yelled at for not speaking spanish. Its true they are overtaking america and something needs to be done to the mexican borders. They are not the pilgrims!

nonmember avatar Sally

"1492. The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them." -Kurt Vonnegut "Breakfast of Champions" While this article refers to the pilgrims, at the end of the day a spade is still a spade. The colonization of America by the Europeans was a nasty business with little to be truly proud of; pretending it was some righteous endeavor is an insult to anyone with 2 brain cells to rub together.

nurse... nursemama88

Oh sweet Jesus! Just because it wasn't the US at the time doesn't mean they didn't have governments...if they didn't why did they have chiefs? Just because a society is diiferent did not give the white man the right to do what they did to the Native Americans. Period. Yes we have one of the greatest countries now but that does not excuse the actions used to get that...and that is all I have too say.

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